This time, dammit, she was going to vote no matter what.
She was waiting on the bench at the bus stop a half-hour early. The bus stopped just past the bench and Waterloo saw on the back a pasty, pink, grinning man with perfect teeth shouting in a cartoon bubble, VOTE! IT’S YOUR RIGHT! IT’S YOUR DUTY! As Waterloo made her way to the bus door she mumbled, “Sure thing, you old fart.”
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Waterloo was on hold. Had been for 12 minutes. Eight to go before break was over.
“County clerk’s office. May I help you?”
When someone finally spoke on the other end Waterloo had just swallowed a chunk of ham sandwich. She choked a hello.
“Yes, mam, I can’t figure out where I’m supposed to vote. I used to know, then they, you know, the assholes—oops, sorry, didn’t mean to say that—the, uh, the guys in charge decided they were playing poker and shuffled the precincts willy-nilly. I looked at the new map, and I’m right on a line.”
“Is that in Pearce, Forrest Hi…